AN Accrington retailer has done its bit in the effort to manage the coronavirus outbreak with a donation of tens of thousands of items to key workers, hospitals and schools., which is an online retailer dealing in all kinds of goods from clothes to homeware to electricals, has donated thousands of towels and pillowcases to NHS staff and over 20,000 stationery and home learning products to 24 local schools around Accrington.

The company has also funded £1000 worth of roof repairs for Derian House Children’s Hospice charity shop after damage caused by a burglary and has pledged that 10% of sales on all their Rainbow and Heart products will be donated to NHS Charities Together.

Managing Director of Paul Kendrick said: “The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting people across the country and we need to come together as a community to support one another.

“From families who need help through this period of home schooling to our amazing NHS teams who are facing the virus head-on every day, we want to support our local community in any way we can and we hope these donations help.”

The company was first prompted to do whatever it could to help tackle the pressures the lockdown presented when managers heard about the burglary and damage to the hospice’s charity shop in Chorley.

Given the financial strain hospices across the country have been under since the lockdown forced them to cancel nearly all fundraising campaigns, the company’s help has been invaluable.

Similarly, the donations of equipment like towels and pillowcases to the NHS, which decided to donate after reaching out to the local NHS Trust to find out just what they needed have been vital to helping medical professionals keep up with their increased hygiene and laundry routines.

Meanwhile, staff and teachers alike hope that the donation of home-schooling equipment will help to ease the financial burden on parents and help minimise the disruption to their children’s education.

Further afield has also donated essential clothing items, including t-shirts, socks and underwear to CityCo in support of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership.

The company has been a long-standing supporter of both national and local charities, with Derian House and the mental health charity Mind being two causes that they had already intended to support in 2020.

The outbreak of Covid-19 however, led the company to revaluate many of its plans, limit some of its commercial operations and think more deeply about how to help the community during the unprecedented crisis.

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